A link to a .pdf formatted document: How the Unscientific Interpretation of RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Test Results is Causing Misleading Spikes in Cases & Deaths by Yohan Tengra & Ambar Koiri
“The RT-PCR & RAT tests are currently the main testing method used to diagnose COVID-19. The principle is to collect respiratory cells and to use the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction) or RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) technique to detect fragments of the RNA of the virus. The false positive rate is high, between 30%-97%, which can mainly be explained by an incorrect execution of the technique and incorrect interpretation. Previously, these tests were routinely used to diagnose viral upper respiratory tract infections in adults and children, but generally, the test was performed in hospitalized symptomatic patients by an experienced medical team. Currently, all over the world, the public health strategy during this COVID-19 pandemic is based on an early detection of suspicious cases, an early diagnosis of symptomatic patients, and isolation of patients with COVID-19 in order to restrict the outbreak. However, identification of symptoms is currently being skipped, which leads to non-infectious asymptomatic individual being restricted in various ways. The aim of this article is to help healthcare providers to interpret this test correctly in adults and children, & to aid the ICMR in revising its testing guidelines.
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